The Phillies have a chance to do something today that I didn’t think they would do until the end of the season. And that is winning their 94th game. That’s right, I predicted that the Phillies would have 94 wins and narrowly beat the Braves to win the division. So much for THAT prediction.
On the hill for the Phils will be Clifton Phifer Lee, who is in the middle of another one of his outstanding streaks. Since the beginning of August, he’s had six starts. He also has six wins. And a 0.37 ERA. He hasn’t allowed a run in his last 29 2/3 innings and get this: that’s not even the best scoreless streak he’s had this year. Back in June he hurled 34 straight scoreless innings. He would need to pitch into the fifth inning without giving up a run to beat that streak.
If there’s any reason to believe that Lee won’t reach that point, it is unquestionably the Brewers big first basemen, Prince Fielder. He has five hits in six at-bats with six (!!) RBIs against the Phillies lefty. Oof. Lee better stay away from Fielder, or we could see a moon ball.
Former Phillie Randy Wolf will oppose Lee, and, while he isn’t on an unbelievable hot streak, he hasn’t been bad as of late. He has had a quality start in eight of his last eleven games, and is coming off an eight inning, one run performance in St. Louis. He might want to avoid pitching to Carlos Ruiz tonight, as Ruiz is 5-10 with 5 RBI against the Brewers lefty.
Lineup: Victorino CF, Polanco 3B, Pence RF, Mayberry 1B, Francisco LF, Ruiz C, Valdez SS, Martinez 2B, Lee P.
Your Gameday Beer – Milwaukee Premium Brewing Company Classic Ice
Some might consider this a step up from Natty Light, and you might even be able to find it at cheaper price ($10 30-pack!). That should tell you all you need to know about this brew. It tastes like beer and it’s 6% ABV. Eat as many wings as you can alongside this one. – By Brian